North Andover, MA — Thomas Patrick Driscoll went to be with God on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
The son of Patrick and Mary Driscoll, Tom was born and educated in the North Andover school system. He attended Merrimac Grammar School and Johnson High School, class of 1949. After graduating he worked at Stevens Mill and was a member of the National Guard until joining the US Marine Corps during the Korean War. Tom served his tour of duty in Japan, being honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. He was so proud of being a Marine; Once a Marine, Always a Marine. That was Tom.
Upon returning home, he joined the New England Telephone Company where he worked as an installer/repairman until he retired in September 1989 after thirty-nine years of service. After retiring, he worked at The American Training for two years. He then went to work for Meals on Wheels for a short time. Upon leaving there he worked for the next ten years as a starter/ranger at Far Corners Golf course.
In his younger years, he loved playing hockey and was one of the fathers who coached and was a referee in the North Andover Youth Hockey league that started in the 1970s. He enjoyed the game of golf and until a few years ago he would go out once or twice a week. He was also a proud member of the PGA Hole in One Club. His favorite time of all was family holidays, especially Christmas day when his children and grandchildren would gather together for dinner.
Thomas was a Past Exalted Ruler and life member of the Lawrence Lodge of Elks. He served the Lodge as Exalted Ruler in 1986 and in the year 2000 he was elected District Deputy of the Massachusetts North District. After serving on many lodge and state committees he retired from lodge work after 41 years of service.
Tom is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara (Dignam) Driscoll; a son, Thomas F. and his wife Keryl (Jones) Driscoll; daughters, Mariann Driscoll and her husband Thomas E. Everett, and Ann-Marie Driscoll and her husband Christopher Waszczuk, all of North Andover. He was Grandpa to several loving and devoted grandchildren. He is survived by his sister, Ellen Flynn of Garden City, New York; his sister-in-law, Rita Dignam of Methuen, and many nieces and nephews. Tom was predeceased by his sisters, Ann-Marie Driscoll, and Mary Driscoll Cronin; his brother, William L. Driscoll and his wife Joyce of Easthampton; and his brother-in-law, John F. Dignam of Methuen.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Michael Church, 196 Main St., North Andover, MA. Burial will follow in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, also in North Andover. Family and friends may call on Friday, October 25, 2013, from 4 to 8 P.M. at the John Breen Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., 122 Amesbury St., Lawrence, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to either the Nevins Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 10 Ingalls Court, Methuen, MA 01844 or to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843. To send an online condolence or for more information, please go to www.breenfuneralhome.com.